Members of the Anti-Indecency Board of Dumaguete started inspecting massage parlors and spas, following reports that minors have been allowed in the area, and that “extra service” is being offered to clients.
AIB head Phoebe Tan, representing the academe, said the AIB, that was created under the City Mayor’s Office, is actually hitting two birds with one stone. During a surprise inspection recently, a number of massage parlors were found to be operating without a mayor’s permit, and the usual alibi is that their papers are under on process.
The group also discovered that some spas have trained masseurs but they do not have licenses.
To make sure that there are no indecent shows especially involving minors, the AIB members noticed during inspection very narrow hallways in the pension houses, and fire exits being used for other purposes, aside from operating without permits for years.
All these violations were noted by City Legal Officer Doram Dumalagan, a member of the AIB, and who was with the group during the inspection.
The members of the board include representatives from the CLO, City Social Welfare Office, the Women and children police desk, the religious sector, the church, Liga ng mga Barangays, GWAVE, DepEd, the academe, GAD focal person, the VAWC president, and presidents of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and the Dumaguete Press Radio and TV Club Inc.
During the inspection, safety concerns were raised on lodging houses that are actually used as motels, one of which is frequented and patronized by students, some of them even in uniform, as reported by a neighbor.
Dumalagan said there must be some regulation on these kinds of establishments, and notices shall be issued against establishments that have not complied with the requirements for a mayor’s permit.*JG
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